Antonio Conte has reflected on a ‘crazy’ first game in charge at Tottenham following the club’s dramatic 3-2 win over Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League.
Conte’s first fixture in charge proved a game full of action and incident, one that contained five goals, an own goal, and three red cards.
Spurs raced into a three-goal lead inside the opening 28 minutes, though the visitors threatened a comeback and had reduced the deficit to just one goal as the half-time whistle sounded.
Spurs’ challenge then increased after Cristian Romero was sent off, only for Vitesse captain Danilho to be shown a second yellow card soon after for hauling down Kane.
Vitesse were then reduced to nine men after goalkeeper Markus Schubert was dismissed for handling the ball outside his penalty area, with Spurs hanging on to secure a vital three points in their bid for qualification.
Conte has now reflected on a chaotic first game in charge and believes his side did enough to deserve three points.
“My first impression is that it was a crazy game because we were winning 3-0 and we were dominating the game and created many chances to score other goals, but instead in 10 minutes we conceded twice and we lost a bit of confidence,” said Conte. “I think you have to work also on these aspects, but we should have won and we won.
“For sure, in the second half after the 10 men, they tried to push us and then I decided to make three changes because I could see that we had lost the balance and in the end I think we deserved to win as we created more chances than Vitesse.”
Whilst content to secure a much-needed European win, Conte admitted he will be looking for greater stability from his side after a ‘crazy game’ against the Eredivisie outfit.
“Those who know me very well, I don’t like when this type of crazy game happens,” he added. “I call them crazy games. I want a stable team and when there is the possibility to kill the opponent you must kill. For sure my team showed me great commitment and resilience. For sure, this team needed to win by also suffering. It was important today.”